What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens? What does it mean to grow in discipleship? If we are having to outside the church to seek help because the church is not capable of offering solutions on any level when it comes to caring for the body, mind, and soul, then there is a problem. And if you believe that only the pastor is qualified to offer solutions then you end up with a burnt-out pastor and a weak church. Instead, leadership is to equip the people of the church to do the work of the church inside the body and outside the body.
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
– Ephesians 4:11-13
Pastor Jeff Hinman